Friday, March 16, 2007

Moving In The Right Direction

And a question......

How often does your older baby nurse?

I had someone tell me the other day that Carter nurses a lot for a baby his age. It wasn't something I had ever thought of. When he's hungry I feed him. When he's tired I nurse him to sleep. When he gets a boo-boo and needs some loving, I comfort him. And when he's crabby, his brother's say "NURSE HIM"! I never understood how a mother got her breast feed baby on a schedule.

So I counted. Yesterday he nursed 8 times. There are days when it's more and days when it's less. What he needs is what he gets. He still isn't eating much food. He's not at all impressed. He likes bananas and he likes apples, and he likes variations of these, like bananas WITH apples! So at almost 9 months breast milk is still his main source of food. But isn't that how it's supposed to be.

But now I'm curious about you. Let me know.


Blogger Adventures In Babywearing said...

What a cute picture!

Well, Gray is 17 months and he nurses several times a day... probably like 7 or 8. Sometimes it's lengthy and sometimes it's on the run. Somedays he'll want to nurse and others he isn't as interested! It depends on teething, growth spurts, illnesses, etc! Also, breastmilk is still his main source of food. He does like to eat meals, but very small amounts. He prefers his Mama's Milk. Can it get any easier than that?

11:08 AM  
Blogger New Mama's Nest said...

Look at him! Too cute!

X is nursing 7 or 8 times a day too (15 months) he eats meals with us, but usually still would rather have milk than anything else. He's had a few days where he only nursed at nap/bed time (ouch!) but generally he's still a mama's milk machine. He didn't really even get interested in solids until 12-13 months...

About the g's... I LOVE them, X is doing REALLY well with the potty so he really only uses them when we're out or he's sleeping. But I think they're the perfect balance between cloth and disposable... He's in the large cover, which I think would probably fit Carter well...

12:56 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

At 9 months, we were still about 8-10 times a day. No major big deal.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Lex is 13 months and isn't on solids yet. He has absolutely no interest and still gags and pukes on everything that I offer. Even the runniest food.

So needless to say he is a nursing machine! But it's the best for him so I'm not too concerned. Leelee didn't start on to solids until around this age too.

I agree with Steph: Can it get any easier than this! I love that it soothes all ouches and puts to sleep and nourishes all at once!

1:08 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Avery is 15 months and I nurse her right before bed and first thing in the morning. But at 9 months I think I was nursing 4-5 times a day.

Seems to me that it depends more on parenting style than anything else.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never nursed a child, so I really can't comment, but I'm going to anyway. heehee. I have a friend who exclusively nursed her baby for almost 14 months. If your diet is healthy and balanced, I think it's fine that he isn't eating all solids yet, and anyway, when the Beast started eating solids, she wasn't eating a ton by 9 months anyway. Cereal, avacados and bananas were about it. It's good to not give them too much to try at a time anyway.

I saw your comment on Ashley's blog about gDiapers. I just wanted to say that I love them. TheBeast has 4 poopy ones a day, and I still love them. You do have to change and wash the liner because poo gets on them. Pee doesn't, so if it's just pee I can keep the same liner in all day and just change the flushable. It's way easier than cloth, and way better for the environment than disposables. And it really saves on the amount of waste.

So, there's my 2 cents :)

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I just thought of this! If you go to, then go to their store..they are having free shipping over $49 until Sunday, plus 10% off. So you could get your starter kit of gDiapers plus some extra packs of flushables right now and pay no shipping. Just a thought!

3:54 PM  
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6:46 PM  
Anonymous Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats said...

Ethan is 10 months old and he still nurses about every 3 hours (how ever many that is during the day). He was super interested in baby food for about a month but now he seems to be on a food strike- only nursing for him. My older boys also suggest that I nurse Ethan when he's fussy. "Um mom, I think Ethan wants to nurse." I hear several times a day.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Glass Half Full said...

My kids usually nursed less with each passing month (give or take a growth spurt). I weaned both boys around 8 months and they took to eating solids quickly.

I figure if a mom is meeting their child's nutritional needs, regardless of how many times they eat, who cares??? :)

7:47 PM  
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9:10 PM  
Blogger Alli said...

All my boys were breastfed and all were on a "schedule" was actually more like a routine. It's just what works best for us. Right now at almost 5 months, Marc-Adam's nursing about 5 to 7 times a day (4 or 5 times in daylight hours and once or twice in the middle of the night). We're both thriving on that routine.;) I think as long as you've found something that works for you and your little nursling, forget what any one else says. If you've never given it a second thought before, don't give another thought until either of you are ready for a change!

8:27 AM  
Blogger busybusymomma said...

Hmm, I'd have to count because I don't normally pay attention. I'm guessing every 3-4 hours though, and once (sometimes twice) during the night.

She is a finger sucker, so she doesn't really nurse for comfort. She eats a bit of food at mealtimes with us, but it still almost exclusively breastfed.

My middle child (a boy) was a big comfort nurser so he nursed a LOT, all day and all night until he nightweaned at 2.5yo. He weaned completely at 32 months.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous PinkJeweledCat said...

I really like your blog. I'm a mom of four boys myself. I was only ever able to breastfeed for about two months before my boobs decided they were done. After that, the boys ate anywhere between 5 and 8 times a day, depending on their moods, etc. My youngest son I wasn't able to breast feed at all because he was born with a cleft lip and palate and couldn't suck hard enough to get any milk out. So we had to start him out on bottles. I did two months of expressing breast milk and then we went to formula. He didn't eat very often because even with the bottles, it was hard for him to eat. He's almost 18 months old now. His cleft lip was fixed, so he can suck better now. However, solid foods was difficult for him because of the gaping hole in the roof of his mouth. He didn't start eating solid food well until about 4 months ago. It cracks me up when his food starts coming back out his nose when he eats. His surgery to fix his palate will be in May. I'm hoping that will mean better eating and less drooling for him. Anyway, just wanted to leave you a message. I'll be checking out your blog every so often. Ta for now dahling!

1:05 PM  

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